This film caught me off guard in a good way as I expected another overrated movie. All the actors are great in it, I found Boyle fantastic and impressive even though he has like 10 minutes overall. Berry's performance was alittle bit meant for effect and that's the main reason she got the oscar for it, but okay, she deserved it. Heath Ledger already showed signs of his great talent.
A solid and smart screenplay allows Swiss director Marc Forster to concentrate upon the little things that reveal the men's hearts. Draw on a piece of paper the figure of the relations, family circle, loving couples or symbolic ones, between the characters and you'll discover a perfect circle. MONSTER'S BALL is a great door to the peculiar world of this promising young director. Highly recommended.